Bernard S. Cohen

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Bernard S. Cohen
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 46th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 10, 1996
Preceded by George W. Grayson
Succeeded by Brian J. Moran
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 21st district
In office
January 9, 1980 – January 12, 1983
Preceded by Richard R. G. Hobson[1]
Succeeded by Charles R. Hawkins
Personal details
Born (1934-01-17) January 17, 1934 (age 83)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rae Rose Cohen
Children Bennett, Karen
Alma mater City College of New York
Georgetown University
Occupation Attorney & Legislator
Religion Judaism

Bernard S. "Bernie" Cohen (born January 17, 1934) is a politician and former Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He represented the 46th district, which includes a large portion of the City of Alexandria, from 1980 to 1995.[2]

Along with attorney Philip J. Hirschkop, Cohen argued (as a volunteer cooperating attorney for the ACLU[3]) in April 1967 for the petitioners Richard and Mildred Loving in the case of Loving v. Virginia before the Supreme Court of the United States.[4] In June 1967, the Court rendered its unanimous decision banning state laws against interracial marriage.[5]

He co-authored a blog entry in 2007 for the Huffington Post about the legal standing of same sex marriage.[6]

Cohen has been portrayed as a character in multiple dramatizations of the Loving case. In the 1996 TV movie Mr. & Mrs. Loving, he was played by Corey Parker. In the 2016 film Loving, he is played by Nick Kroll.


  1. ^ "House Delegate District 45: Richard R. G. Hobson". Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  2. ^ "1995 House of Delegates bio". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Loving v. Virginia". Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Loving v. Virginia". June 12, 1967. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Bernard; Evan Wolfson (June 12, 2007). "Loving Equality". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 

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